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Fiscal incompetence? No, just not very good

Fiscal incompetence? No, just not very good

Treasurer Wayne Swan delivered Australia's 2012-11 financial year performance yesterday -- with a bucket-load of spin. If only business CFOs could get away with it ...

China economic growth good news for our federal budget

China economic growth good news for our federal budget

China's economy isn't veering off the tracks and heading for the "hard landing".

Fantasy budget: a greener national economic outlook

Fantasy budget: a greener national economic outlook

A budget isn't just about the line items contained within budget papers, write Simon O'Connor and Charles Berger, of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Fantasy budget: Richard Denniss on broadening the tax base

Fantasy budget: Richard Denniss on broadening the tax base

Last week Crikey's Bernard Keane designed his fantasy budget -- setting priorities based on economic sense and community need alone. Today, Richard Denniss offers an alternative ...

Essential: thumbs down to budget, Gillard loathed but Abbott not far behind

Essential: thumbs down to budget, Gillard loathed but Abbott not far behind

Last week's budget has been poorly received by voters, and Julia Gillard's approval ratings have worsened. But Tony Abbott hasn't benefited.

Defence: ADF has many problems, budget isn’t one of them

Defence: ADF has many problems, budget isn’t one of them

Some paint a bleak picture of risky cuts to our defence forces as a result of last night's budget announcement, but the only risk should be towards the dead wood in the portfolio, writes Eric Palmer, a Defence writer and analyst.

Health and the federal budget: a wrap of links, news and reaction

Health and the federal budget: a wrap of links, news and reaction

Melissa Sweet explains what the federal budget means for healthcare, including links to key papers, spends and cuts, details of the foreign aid cuts and disability reforms, and a compilation of health-related reactions.

Budget watch: 30 measures and counting ’till lock up …

Budget watch: 30 measures and counting ’till lock up …

What do we already know of the budget measures as Wayne Swan looks to make $20 billion in savings and cut spending as a proportion of GDP to one of the lowest amounts in decades?

Disconnect between economic perception, reality

Disconnect between economic perception, reality

The federal budget looms, and as we've been hearing for weeks, it's going to be a tough one (with a few conspicuous sweeteners on the side).